Using Champlain’s Google Apps for Education: Hangouts

Facebook’s IP policy is quite incompatible with the production requirements of modern Game Developers. Anything you post to Facebook is “effectively” owned by Facebook. Study this incredibly disingenuous piece of double-speak, and you will find that it basically says: “All your base are belong to us.*” *Terms and conditions apply.

See: https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

Here is the snippet in question, emphasized for clarity.

Sharing Your Content and Information
You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:
For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).

I am not a lawyer. However, for the sake of argument, let’s put that into plain English: Anything you post on Facebook is perpetually licensed to Facebook for any purpose whatsoever. Moreover, once something is posted to Facebook, it becomes very hard to remove if it has been shared with others.

So, what’s a Student or Faculty member in The Game Studio to do?

Use Google Apps for Education, of course!

Here’s how to start Chat or a Voice or Video Hangout with members of your team:

  1. Log into Champlain’s Google Apps for Education.
  2. Click “Mail” in the Google Widget area (on Chromium or Chrome)
  3. Within Mail, click the little magnifying glass next to your avatar, as shown in Figure 1.
  4. Figure 1: Searching for people with whom you wish to chat (text), or video (hangout).

    Figure 1: Searching for people with whom you wish to chat (text), or video (hangout).

  5. In the “Search for people” search box, search for someone. For example, “Ed” as shown in Figure 2.
  6. Figure 2: Clicking on a search result.

    Figure 2: Clicking on a search result.

  7. Click on the appropriate match from the search. A new Chat window will now appear! If the person is online, just start typing. If not, invite them to a Hangout (Google will send an email invitation as needed).